For anyone following or interested in embarking upon a KETOGENIC LIFESTYLE, Intermittent Fasting protocol, and/or LCHF. This group will embody CLE peeps seeking like minded KETO/IF/LCHF for meal meet ups, informative meetings on meal prep/fasting, work out tips, events & get-togethers!
I started this group because I am a fitness/holistic professional who was plagued with METABOLIC DAMAGE from decades of DIETS, (raw food, vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten free/grain free, bodybuilding, etc.,) all of which still left me OVERWEIGHT, starving, sleep deprived and feeling nutritionally deprived... despite my efforts of teaching/working out and eating organic!?
I was able to HIT THE RESET BUTTON, when I found FASTING and a Ketogenic LIfestyle! The implementation of both CHANGED MY BODY WITHIN 2 MONTHS! More importantly healed my body from it's negative insulin response (which is THE CAUSE of FAT STORAGE vs FAT BURNING) increased my ENERGY, MOOD, COGNITIVE SKILLS, MENTAL FOCUS, SLEEP and CLARITY! Decades of struggling with excess weight despite my efforts AS A FITNESS PROFESSIONAL!? totally put to rest after just a few weeks!? I have to SHARE this with you!
So, I'm all about chemistry....here's the data....instead of BINGING ON FOOD, FEED YOUR BRAIN below:
What is the Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet is an approach to eating that is high fat (70-80%), moderate protein (20-25%) and low carb (5-10%). This is designed to induce the body into ketosis. The quality and types of foods are vitally important for crafting a nourishing ketogenic diet.
Most of our lives we’ve been told the primary source of energy for our bodies is sugar. However, there is a more efficient source of fuel that is rarely utilized: ketones.
When the body metabolizes fat it produces ketones, which are then used by cells to power their normal functions.
Ketosis is the metabolic state of having ketones in the blood, typically above 0.5mmol/L. The purpose of a ketogenic diet is to eat in such a way (high fat, adequate protein, low carb) that it induces your body into ketosis.
The scientific community is constantly revealing the inner workings and potential applications of a ketogenic diet. Currently, many people opt for ketosis to enhance their mental performance, exercise, body composition, mood, or disease prevention and therapeutic benefits.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is the metabolic process of using fat as the primary source of energy instead of carbohydrates. This means your body is directly breaking down its fat stores as energy instead of slowly converting fat and muscle cells into glucose for energy. You enter ketosis when your body doesn’t have enough glucose (carbohydrates) available. The prime function of the ketogenic diet is to put the body in ketosis.
Ketones are byproducts of the body breaking down fat for energy that occurs when carbohydrate intake is low.
How Ketosis Works
Step 1) Cutting Off Carbs
When there isn’t a sufficient level of available glucose and glycogen levels are depleted, blood sugar and insulin levels decrease, and the body looks for an alternative source of fuel (fat).
Step 2) Breaking Down Fats
The body breaks down fats for energy. This process is known as beta-oxidation, where there is an increase in acetyl-CoA, which turns into acetoacetate. Acetoacetate then shifts to beta-hydroxybutyrate, the ketone body that floats around in your blood to then provide energy to the body and brain.
Step 3) Using Ketosis
Many people use ketosis for benefits like:
Weightloss: When your body is using fat directly as a source of energy, you lose weight more readily because your body taps into your own fat stores for energy instead of the sugar you eat.Improved energy levels: Without surges of glucose, your body has more consistent energy levels because you can use your own body fat for energy (no sugar crashes or food comas)
Increased mental focus: Fat is a more consistent source of energy, and preferred by the brain, meaning you don’t have ups and downs in energy and focus.Longevity and disease prevention:
Acetoacetate is the first ketone created from breaking down fat. This then leads to the formation of Beta-hydroxybutyrate. Acetone is created spontaneously as a side product of acetoacetate via decarboxylation.
Why Our Bodies Use Ketones
Humans have always relied on ketones for energy when glucose sources were scarce (i.e. no fruits available during winter). It is a normal state of metabolism. In fact, most babies are born in a state of ketosis. However, with abundant sources of carbohydrate, people rarely access ketosis and it becomes a dormant metabolic pathway.Our ancestors likely had frequent periods of time when high carbohydrate food wasn’t immediately available. For this reason, our bodies are amazing at adapting to burning of ketones for fuel.
The Benefits of Ketosis
Optimal nutrition is different for everyone, there is no “one-size-fits-all solution.” That being said, a whole-food based ketogenic diet provides most people benefits including:
Ketosis can be a desirable approach to weight loss for the following reasons:
Increased Fat Oxidation: In ketosis, your body burns dietary fat and your own body fat as its primary source of fuel.
Hormone Regulation: Ketosis can help sustain weight loss by regulating hormones that affect weight. That means eating a ketogenic diet can help you avoid cravings for unhealthy foods, reducing the chance of gaining the weight back.
Appetite Suppression: Feeling full, even on a weight loss diet means you can better listen to your body’s true hunger signals.
Blood Sugar Regulation: Weight loss diets that include high carbohydrates can create blood sugar spikes that leave you feeling hungry again soon after eating—as well as tired and unfocused.